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October 20, 2015


Sheryl Herchenroeder
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909 652-6114

For Immediate Release


(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA.) - The Chaffey College Foundation in coordination with the vice president of student services is proud to welcome award winning ESPN reporter Shelley Smith to the Rancho Cucamonga Campus Friday, October 23rd at 7:30pm for the college’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness event. Smith will share her inspirational story of breast cancer survival immediately following the college’s volleyball game at 5:30pm in the college’s Sports Center. Admission to the volleyball game and presentation are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the night’s fundraiser will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Chaffey College Panthers (Athletics) have a long history of supporting breast cancer awareness through fundraisers, game dedications, and the wearing of pink uniforms and emblems during the month of October. This year’s event featuring Shelley Smith showcases the college’s ongoing commitment to cancer awareness and fundraising. Both Chaffey College’s volleyball team as well as the Victor Valley College Rams will be outfitted in pink in honor of Ms. Smith’s visit.

“We’re honored to welcome Shelley Smith to Chaffey College. Shelley’s battle over breast cancer has been an inspiration to cancer survivors and sports fans worldwide,” said Lisa Nashua, executive director, Chaffey College Foundation. “To be able to bring Shelley to our campus to share her story is a great tribute to our commitment to cancer awareness. The Foundation is proud to be working with student services on this event.”

In addition to hosting Ms. Smith’s visit, the Chaffey College Foundation is collecting donations towards the purchase of personalized luminary bags that will line the pathway to the college’s Sports Center. Bags are available in honor of survivors or in memory of lost loved ones and may be purchased at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/ccf/event/767078/. Proceeds from the night’s fundraiser will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund mammograms for local residents.

Shelley Smith is a four-time Emmy-winning reporter for ESPN and former writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated. In May 2014, Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment, which ended June 2015. A recent mammogram showed no evidence of the disease and she is considered cancer free. Smith continues to help spread the importance of early detection in breast and other kinds of cancers and has consulted with numerous charities, including the V Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

ESPN Reporter Shelley Smith

Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges to be established in California and offers associate degrees, as well as vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are offered at campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana, as well as online through the Distance Education program. For general information about the college, please visit www.chaffey.edu.

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